Taro (mother2012) wrote,

Normal routine?

So today I got up and took Hubby to work.

I've done that for a lot of years.  Why stop now?  .It's silly to spend most of $100 on a bus pass when we have a car, and I really need to have a reason to get out of bed in the morning.

Getting dressed is an interesting challenge.  I anticipated the difficulty way back on Friday, and took steps then.

First off, I can't bathe for a full five days.  That means Wednesday earliest.  Since I stink anyway, and am not going anywhere, why not just <i>not</l> change clothes?  So I haven't.

When I got dressed in the hospital, I put on my bra, then an oversize T-shirt, then a summer nightgown.

I realize that many women hate wearing a bra.  For my very full breasts, it's the only way I'm comfortable.  For this circumstance, it prevents that rather pendulous appendage from pulling constantly on the wound.  I wouldn't be without it, even at night.  So I haven't been.

The oversize T-shirt is what I normally wear at night.  Since it's 2 sizes too big, I can manage it even with my restrictions.  You put the handicapped left arm in, then pull it over your head, then the right arm.  It's comfortable for day and night, and since it's all cotton, it absorbs sweat.

My 'summer nightgown' was both designed and bought for that purpose, but it's been so useful, it's ended up filling a lot of functions.  It's a very luxurious-feeling black knit with narrow straps like a tank top.  Daughterly has been known to borrow it to wear with a sash.  I have used it as a slip under a see-through black lace dress I made for a special occasion.  For that reason, I added pockets in the side seams.

Since it's knee-length, it looks like a normal skirt under my coat when I do have to go out.

Our house is cold in the winter, when it gets down as low as freezing (which it hasn't done much so far this winter), so during the day I also add my favorite Damart jacket.  This is rather like wearing a blanket and has the added advantage of a nice thick collar, so that the sling doesn't pull so badly on my neck.

The worst part of the challenge is my pressure stockings.  These are $120 per pair, full length, tight, meant-to-affect-blood-flow, wonderful things that enable me to have my feet below my hips and retain any energy.  Much to my surprise, they weren't actually harder to get on than normal.

I realized this morning just *how* fortuitous it is that I have the sling.  I usually sleep on my right side, more so now since lying on the left is out.  This has me facing the edge of the bed and the clock.  When the alarm went off this morning, I reflexively threw my left arm back to throw off my blankets.  That is *exactly* the movement that is forbidden because it can pull the electrical leads right out of my heart.  But the sling kept the arm from actually doing that.

Driving was a challenge.  I'm not *really* supposed to do that.  But I stuck my left hand in my coat pocket (rather than wearing the sling over the coat), and kept it there.  I had to take it slow, because turning to check for traffic has to be done cautiously, but I'm used to handling the steering wheel one-handed.

So I have done all I'm actually required to do this morning, except call the doctor for my 2-week checkup.
Tags: health, pacemaker
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